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    Help: The Doors 'organ' sound? Thai student electrone?

    I have two questions. I guess I am posting them here because this seems to be the place for topics related to music.

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    1) I am curious if anyone knows the special organ that was used in some of the Doors music. I just can't remember the name. I remember it being a small device about the size of an old cash register rather than something like one of our modern keyboards. If you could post a link to a pic of it I would really appreciate that?


    2) in Thailand I often hear students talking of something called an 'electrone' What is this thing? I guess a lot of students learn this in primary school or high school. I sure would like to see a picture of one of these things too. Is it that thing they blow into which has a keyboard attached?

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    1. Hammond organ, played by Ray Manzarek

    2, no idea!

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    Also Vox bass. The original one used by the Doors is for sale on ebay now. There are some pics there

    They also used bass players in the studio, eg the guy from TCB band
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    Electrone

    According to my Thai collegue, its an electronic keyboard or electronic organ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    According to my Thai collegue, its an electronic keyboard or electronic organ.
    In that case it's probably an Electone, not an Electrone. Electone is the Yahama brand name for their line of electronic organs. Thailand is awash in the things, they start at about B3,000 baht.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert
    According to my Thai collegue, its an electronic keyboard or electronic organ.
    If it hums call the moral police...it's called a dildo...and totally illegal...here in the LO...pro's?!!!!!

    Personally I loved The Doors sound and especially the keyboard used by the man Ray....
    not sure if he's dead or not now???...can't be arsed to google...sorry Ray. He always has a Tibetan bell and Dorje and incense on his keyboard as well....in later years..
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    The Doors got their organ sound from the "Stylophone" pioneered by avant-garde, cutting-edge musical maverick "Rolf Harris". Who was a personal friend of Jim Morris, whom he had met at a Didgeridoo party, where they licked toads together.

    Here's a clip of Rolf putting the machine through its paces. Truly a god amongst musicians and artistes.


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    Thanks for the ideas. I found a video of a guy playing Unhappy Girl and a bit of Soul Kitchen with one of the Vox. Doesn't quite sound like the doors but it's close.






    The stylophone is another interesting creation.


    So I was wrong in the spelling. The electone is a keyboard. okay, I found a Thai kid playing one on youtube too.




    I've heard a lot of kids mentioned they play this thing. It's surprising because it's not that cheap. I guess they do have some cheap ones out there like DrBob stated but this kid can't be playing something that costs 3,000baht.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattanaburi
    Doesn't quite sound like the doors but it's close.
    Hey the bit from 2.48 minutes onwards in the vid does.

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    Think the cheesey sound was a Stylophone but definitely there was a a Fender Rhodes electric piano in there - which was different to most others of the era who were Hammond (B3?) organ with Leslie (Doppler effect rotating mid/treble horn speaker) then a bit later.. Moog and Mellotron uses.

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    Modern with a similar sound.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart
    The Doors got their organ sound from the "Stylophone" pioneered by avant-garde, cutting-edge musical maverick "Rolf Harris". Who was a personal friend of Jim Morris, whom he had met at a Didgeridoo party, where they licked toads together. Here's a clip of Rolf putting the machine through its paces. Truly a god amongst musicians and artistes.
    KMART YOU ARE A GOD.....that's a great post....wee came out and everything...laugh I nearly shat...

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    Great little song there Tud.

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